Nearly 30 Percent of Missouri Bisexual Women Live in Poverty

clarke-lexaA survey released this week by a large coalition of organizations in Missouri, including the National Women’s Law Center, found that almost 30 percent of bisexual women and 23 percent of lesbian women live in poverty compared to 20 percent of heterosexual women.

The report was released in Jefferson City, Mo. and the survey showed that almost 16 percent of Missourians live in poverty, and that lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are the most at risk.

The findings reflect national statistics that magnify the need for LGBT women of color, immigrant women, women raising children and transgender women. There are more than 5 million women in the United States.

Mike Szymanski
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]